Schalke – Dortmund SOCCER PICKS
Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund meet at Veltins-Arena, in a match for the 14th round of the Bundesliga. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins and 2 draws in the last 4 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 15-04-2018, in a match for the Bundesliga that ended with the victory of Schalke 04 by (2-0). The goals of the match were scored by Y. Konoplyanka (50 ‘) and Naldo (82’) for Schalke 04. In this match the home advantage may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as visitors .
After 4 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 14 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Nürnberg, by (5-2). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Hoffenheim, by (1-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 12 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 15 conceded. In the last 6 home league matches Schalke 04 has a record of 3 wins and 3 losses, so they have won 9 points out of 18 possible. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 36 of the last 51 which it disputed there were less than 3 goals. In 13 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 8 times and never got the comeback. In the last 9 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘).
The Schalke 04 part for this day after having won a draw, by 1-1, in the field trip to Hoffenheim. It is important to underline that the locals only registered 3 victories in 6 matches in their stadium. Usually the coach of the house, Domenico Tedesco, acts in a 3-5-2, with Burgstaller and Skrzybski the most offensive references of the team. The Argentinean Bentaleb, habitual offensive midfielder, is the best score of Schalke 04, with 3 goals scored in the championship. For this game against Borussia Dortmund, the coach can not count on Embolo and Uth, due to injury.
After 10 wins and 3 draws, the away team is currently in the 1 st position, with 33 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Mainz 05, by (1-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Freiburg, by (2-0). This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in away matches; against 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last 6 away league matches Borussia Dortmund has a record of 4 wins and 2 draws, so they have won 14 points out of 18 possible.
In this competition, they have won the last 4 games away and have not lost any of the last 6 appearances as a visitor. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches for this competition. In 13 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 5 times, but have won the first leg in 4. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 16 of their 39 goals between the minutes (76 minutes) -90 ‘).
Borussia Dortmund left for this motivated match, having beaten Freiburg 2-0, thus recording the four consecutive triumph in the German championship: the goals of the three points were scored by Marco Reus and Paco Alcácer. The Borussia Dortmund play model is very interesting, as it benefits the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks: Marco Reus is one of the main responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. Paco Alcácer is the best score for Borussia Dortmund, with 10 goals scored. For this game the coach can count on all his players.